Law & Government

House panel moves to curb agency authority over fees

Republican lawmakers are responding to the recent uproar over a new $32 vehicle registration fee by seeking to limit the ability of state agencies to impose similar fees in the future.Under Sen. J.D. Mesnard’s...

Bannon and his ‘OG MAGA’ crew rally in Arizona for a private border wall

Steve Bannon and other Trump acolytes gathered in a conference room in a gated community in Sahuarita on Friday evening to speak to members of the Quail Creek Republican Club and their guests about their plan to use private funds to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Proposal would shift control of voucher program from Education Dept to treasurer

Administration and oversight of a controversial school voucher program could soon be stripped from the Arizona Department of Education and transferred to the state Treasurer’s Office, in part because the new Republican state treasurer supports the program and the new Democratic superintendent of public instruction is a critic.

Can Southwest Key bounce back from state freeze?

With an admissions freeze imposed on Southwest Key by state health regulators in effect for more than 100 days,  the nation’s largest operator of shelters for migrant minors now houses fewer than 250 youth in Arizona.

Senate postpones debate on bill that would legalize sports gambling in Arizona

Sports betting might be coming soon to the state of Arizona, but the wait will be a little longer than expected.

State to pay $600k in settlement to end legal battle over immigrant drivers licenses

It’s official: Gov. Doug Ducey has dropped an appeal to a class action lawsuit challenging his policy to restrict immigrants legally authorized to work in the country from getting driver’s licenses. The state will pay $600,000 in attorney’s fees to the plaintiffs.

Bill would purge inactive voters from permanent early ballot list

Arizonans could face a use-it-or-lose situation with the Permanent Early Voting List under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Thursday.

House panel approve bill to let pharmacists write prescriptions, over doctors’ objections

A bill that would allow pharmacists to administer tests for things like strep, flu and tuberculosis, as well as allow them to prescribe certain medications, narrowly cleared a House committee this morning.

Bill banning early ballot drop-offs appears doomed

Senate Republicans advanced a controversial bill that would bar Arizonans from dropping off their early ballots in person at polling places, but GOP holdouts appear likely to stop it from going any further.Republican Sens....

Move it: Educators encouraged by early results of Arizona recess law

Arizona teachers, parents and legislators teamed up last year for the sake of children’s health, pushing for legislation that would require more recess or unstructured playtime for elementary school children.The early results of that effort are promising, educators say.